Family Nurturing Center (FNC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the needs of children and families in crisis throughout Florida. Established in 1993 as the Family Visitation Center, our mission is to provide a nurturing environment for families impacted by divorce, custody battles, and domestic violence, by keeping children safe during these challenging times and helping parents foster positive relationships with their children. Since those first visits for children in foster care, we’ve expanded to include specialized programs in multiple locations. By providing a safe and nurturing environment for supervised visitations and exchanges, we are able to strengthen family relationships, decrease the incidences of domestic violence within the community, and promote healthy relationships for children and their parents.
Our most significant accomplishments are strategic partnerships with other local human service agencies such as domestic violence shelters and other agencies to provide comprehensive services to families who need more intensive services. In March, 2009, we launched a new service center in partnership with the First Coast YMCA, integrating visitation and exchange services in a community based location. Families are also able to participate in YMCA programming. In July, 2011, we expanded this partnership to open a center in Yulee, replicating the success of our Clay County project.
Our programs are designed to promote a community of nurturing care for every child, led by parents and supported by everyone who touches the life of a child. Our supervised visitation, monitored exchanges, parent education classes, and social investigations are designed for parents and families impacted by divorce, custody battles, and domestic violence.
- By providing supervised visitations, we make sure that children are able to spend time with their parent while being kept safe from abuse or neglect, and ensure children are not exposed to parents who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Through monitored exchanges, we ensure that children are able to continue their relationship with both parents after a separation or when there is domestic violence which makes it unsafe for parents to communicate directly with each other.
- Our parent education offers the skills necessary for parents to support the growth and well-being of their children, provide appropriate discipline, and effective family communication.